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those officers. meanwhile, corporal bryon dickson was laid to rest today. nbc 10's doug shimell is in pike county where the search for a killer is intensifying. >> reporter: $100,000 has now been added to the reward money by the fbi bringing the total to $175,000. >> eric matthew frein added to the fbi's ten most wanted fugitive list. >> reporter: with the fbi formally in the hunt, investigators believe eric frein is running out of options. >> we now have made the world where he could hide a very, very small place. >> we're systemically taking away any opportunities for him for cover and concealment, for any comfort in terms of cabins, campsites, those kinds of things. >> reporter: police say they believe the survivalist sharpshooter is still in the pike county area after ambushing and killing pennsylvania police state corporal bryon dickson and wounding alex douglass.
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>> we think he could be a danger to other members of law enforcement as well as society. >> reporter: eric frein's sister, tiffany, spoke to nbc news saying, "he's not a psycho, he did something messed up, but he's still a human and he has feelings. it's not our family's fault. we're not trying to protect him" she had said. "he has to suffer the consequences but he's still our family. i don't know where he is or what he's doing. i hope it's a big misunderstanding." >> there's one person that committed a crime that's not contagious to his family. i'm sure they're as heartbroken as anybody about the turn of circumstances in this case. >> reporter: most of those investigators at the press conference had spent much of the day mourning their friend and colleague, as bryon dickson was laid to rest. pennsylvania state police missioners said what really touched bryon dickson's family and law enforcers were the citizens who stood silently along the funeral route. in pike county, i'm doug shimell, nbc 10 news.
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large crowds who lined the streets to honor 38-year-old corporal bryon dickson were s h sile silent, some in tears as the hearse carrying the trooper passed by. hundreds more gathered at st. peters cathedral in scranton to remember the husband and father of two who loved making toys for his young sons. mourners were asked to focus on the positive impact the former marine corps veteran made during his life putting family first. >> thank you for all that you've done, and thank you for all that you will do by way of your ever-lasting impact in each of our lives. godspeed, hammer. we love you. and we miss you. >> the fallen trooper's best friend remembered him as a dedicated officer. later the pennsylvania state police commissioner told the congregation hundreds are working to make sure that this gunman is brought to justice.
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stay with nbc 10 for continuing coverage on this police manhunt. you can find updates as soon as they happen by going to nbc10.com. tonight, half a dozen people have now come forward to tell their side of the story after two gay men were beaten in center city. philadelphia police previously released this surveillance video saying these people are persons of interest in the attack. well now, one defense attorney is breaking his silence. he talks to nbc 10's deanna durante who right now is live in center city. deanna, what did he tell you? >> reporter: he said he's not going to publicly identify his client but says his client did not harm anyone and did not do anything wrong that night. this surveillance video released by police tuesday has a defense attorney concerned. he says his client is one of those pictured here, but he had no hand in the fight that left two men injured. >> there's an accusatory finger being pointed at a group of young people who are seen doing nothing more than walking down a street. >> reporter: witnesses have told
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nbc 10 they heard homophobic slurs yelled at the men who are gay. police are looking to see if this is a hate crime. some believe there's video out there that shows a different side of the story. some attorneys tell me they've seen additional video that shows a different side of the story. do you have any of this video? >> i'm in possession of information that contradicts the initial media reports. what's going to happen with those reports and when they'll be used and when that information will be developed, it's too early to tell. >> reporter: police tell me with at least 12 people they want to talk to, they say it could be days before any charges are filed. are you saying this is not a hate crime? >> i don't think hate's involved at all. based on someone's, perhaps, orientation, gender, or belief. i'm not suggesting that there wasn't an altercation of some sort. and i'm not suggesting a man wasn't hurt. what i'm suggesting is i don't believe that there was a hateful motive based on gender or race or any kind of a bias.
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>> reporter: now, we have been checking with several defense attorneys that tell us that they have clients that are involved in this or clients that are pictured on that surveillance video. we asked them about additional surveillance video or cell phone video. they tell us they, too, are trying to obtain additional video in this case. reporting live in center city, deanna durante, nbc 10 news. the beating investigation has led to questions about pennsylvania's hate crime law. a local lawmaker says he wants to expand the law to protect gay people. we're taking a closer look on nbc10.com. philadelphia police are trying to find a man who stabbed the owner of a temporary employment agency. they say the suspect came into trinity staffing services in south philadelphia this morning looking for a job. when caroline franklin told him there was no work today, he got angry and stabbed her. franklin right now in critical condition with three stab wounds. the man stole her purse and then took off.
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new at 6:00, repairs are under way to the walt whitman bridge after inspectors found holes as big as 15 inches in the bridge's steelwork. the holes are in the plates that help distribute the weight of the bridge. the delaware river port authority says, though, while the repairs need to be done, no one is in any danger and the bridge is not at risk of collapsing. the work is not affecting the rush hour commute. it's going to cost about $2.7 million. harsh words today from governor chris christie over the jersey jam bridge scandal. christie blasted the legislative committee investigating the lane closures on the george washington bridge. he says documents leaked to the media prove the committee can not run its own ship. christie says it's all partisan politics. the governor says the committee members are more interested in getting their names in the news than doing their job. >> these are people who, you know, are addicted to msnbc and the front page of your papers, and nobody wants to cover it anymore. so they have to leak something
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to be able to get somebody to cover it, so, you know, i certainly am beginning to have concerns about the level of openness that i've showed to the committee because when you show that level of openness, all they to is turn around and leak it to all of you. >> the committee chairman fired back that the governor's office has not turned over some of those documents requested. taking a live look right outside at the philadelphia museum of art. an unusually cool night is on tap for us. let's get the details from nbc 10 chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. glenn, how cool is it going to get? >> renee, a lot of places once again going to be dropping down into the 40s. we had a bit of cloud cover for a few hours and even a couple of sprinkles down toward delaware, but now that we've cleared out, the temperature is going to really start dropping. it's already only 69 degrees in pottstown. 72 in philadelphia. and with the clear skies, light wind and low humidity, these numbers are going to drop fairly quickly. so, as we go through the evening
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hours, we're going to be seeing mostly clear skies now that that weak system is gone. temperatures dropping into the 60s in the city, and in the 50s in the suburbs. just by 10:00. but it's going to be a big warming trend as we head through the weekend. more on that and a chance of rain with the seven-day in a few minutes. >> all right, thank you, glenn. new at 6:00, a guilty plea from a california man who forced a u.s airways flight to divert back to philadelphia. he agreed to a plea deal in federal court in philadelphia. he admitted he was extremely drunk when he groped three women and a us airways employee. the plane was on its way from philly to london when the incident happened. the plane had to turn around. he pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew. his sentencing is in december and he faces up to 20 years in prison. philadelphia judge wants to know why a murder suspect appeared in court in a t-shirt that says "crime pays." jeremiah jackson is charged with strangling an art school graduate staying in the same
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boarding house that he was. prosecutors believe jackson killed 23-year-old laura in july in order to steal her laptop and bank card. they say he then stuffed her body into a duffel bag and torched her vehicle. jackson told the judge at his preliminary hearing he was given the shirt in jail and had nothing else to wear. the judge asked his lawyer to investigate this. she meanwhile has upheld murder, arson, and other charges against the 22-year-old jackson. a jury from another county will have to hear the case of a berks county man accused of killing his estranged wife almost a decade ago. miguel torres was on the run for more than seven years before he was arrested in march of last year in italy. the judge cited extensive publicity about the case. he said it would be a waste of time to try and find a jury in berks county that hadn't heard about the murder. torres is accused of ambushing his wife in a reading parking lot after she had obtained a protection order against him. today, philadelphia city
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council passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana. council members voted in favor 14-2. the bill now goes to mayor nutter for his signature. it would then go into effect one month from saturday. the legislation creates a civil offense for possessing fewer than 30 grams or about an ounce of marijuana. violators will face a there are 25 fine but no arrests or criminal record. we told you delaware state university is investigating its women's basketball coach after allegations she harasses, threatens and intimidates her players. coming up, one former player's mom says her daughter quit the team last year because that coach was rough on her. she said this investigation should have been done months ago. plus, cracking down on those pesky phone calls. how some local lawmakers want to punish the illegal telemarketers. it's been feeling like fall, but that's not going to last. i'll tell you about a big
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temperature change and whether you can expect some rain during the weekend. details are ahead in my exclusive nbc 10 first alert forecast. ♪
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i think you cross the line. >> all new at 6:00, detailing the allegations. tonight, a mother is accusing a college coach of driving her daughter off the basketball team. last night, we told you about the investigation under way at delaware state university. well now a local mother is telling nbc 10 that she tried to warn the school about the coach's threats and harassments, so she's telling her story to nbc 10's delaware bureau reporter tim furlong. >> reporter: you think she should be fired? >> of course. >> reporter: her daughter, a high school standout at hodson tech, would still be on the del state women's basketball team if not for coach tamika louis, reassigned as the school investigates allegations she harasses, intimidates and threatens her plays. a player's said this in a letter to the school. her daughter saw it all firsthand. >> the constant harassment, telling her who she can be friends with. it was like you didn't know. one day or the next what she was
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going to get from this coach. some days she was fine. other day, i don't know, she woke up on the wrong side of the bed. >> reporter: she says coach louis suspended her daughter from the team for going to a party that many of her teammates also were at. a non-scholarship player, after that, threw in the towel. >> reporter: that was it for her. she was done. >> reporter: school officials say they opened an investigation when they got the letter. she asked for an investigation last year at a meeting with athletic officials. once again today, i reached out to tamika louis to see if she'd like to respond to the allegati allegations. i've not heard back from her. i e-mailed a school spokesperson to ask why they didn't do an investigation sooner because one parent came out with similar concerns. that likely will be part of the school investigation. she is still at del state studying to become a physical therapist. her mom wishes she could be stud be on the court but would not want her playing for tamika louis. >> i look at a coach as a mentor. i don't see that's what she was
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for these girls. >> reporter: tim furlong, nbc 10 news. >> this isn't the first time a local basketball coach has faced allegations of inappropriate behavior. last year, rutgers fired coach mike rice after this video surfaced showing him verbally and physically harassing players. final vote is expected tonight on a plan to ban boys from playing high school field hockey in one local school district. allentown school board committee already voted 8-1 to ban boys from playing on the mainly girls team. the full board votes tonight. the move comes in response to other districts where girls have been hurt during game s by boys. a new state rule that prevent field hockey teams from taking part in playoffs if there are boys on the team. one or two specialists are standing by and will take a few minutes to quote coverage and give you peace of mind you deserve. >> new jersey wants to crack down on illegal telemarketers. a bill passed in assembly committee today. the unit would investigate calls
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made to people on the do not call list. also calls made between 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. as well as calls where telemarketers block their information from caller i.d. and those made from personal cell phones. now, your nbc 10 first alert weather with chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. >> we started the day off with sunshine, had a few hours of clouds and now we're left with sunshine again at the end of the day. those clouds move into new jersey, and another cool night now that we have those clear skies. and a warmer weekend. there's just no doubt about that. we're talking about temperatures getting above 80. and some possible weekend showers. at least for a couple of hours. right now, we do have that beautiful looking sky. it's 72 degrees. temperature actually up over the last hour. and the humidity, only 53%, so the humidity still very low. and the temperature, well, got well into the mid 70s north and west where there was more
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sunshine. only 69 in pottstown, and near 70 across much of the rest of the area. there's that very, very small system that moved through over the last few hours and just a couple of sprinkles with it. mostly down in delaware. future cast, as we go into tomorrow, shows mainly dry weather, but you can see the flow in off the ocean. that will keep things cool. maybe bring some clouds from time to time. and, again, there could be a sprinkle, but nothing serious. saturday, same story. generally dry. getting warmer. but a cold front's coming in from the west. and that is going to affect us at least later on sunday. here's 1:00 sunday. the eagles are starting to play. and that line of heavier showers still hours away. so we may be able to get that game in just barely before some of those showers arrive. but it's going to be warm. 84 degrees for the temperature at 4:00. not exactly football weather for the players, but for the fans it
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might seem pretty nice. clearing and cool, again tonight. 55 for the low in philadelphia. 46 in some of the north and western suburbs. once again, below average. below average temperatures tomorrow with that east wind coming in and a mix of sun and clouds. and the seven-day forecast. a temperature jump on saturday. so really nice conditions for temple to play football. and then on sunday, it's going to get even warmer. little bit more humid, too. and then some possible showers. very late in the day. or into the evening. we're not expecting a lot of rain here. we are expecting the start of fall by monday night. at least officially. and then it gets cool. it gets dry for much of next week. and by the end of next week, we may start to be warming up again. i'm amy fadool from comcast sports net. timonen, and his hockey future. eagles continue their
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preparations for the redskins on a short week. details ahead in sports.
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hi, i'm amy fadool from comcast sports sw s hi, i'm amy fadool from comcast sports sw portsnet. flyers training camp officially begins tomorrow in vor here, new jersey. defenseman, timonen, had been undergoing treatments for blood clots that developed when he was working out in native finland during the off season, leaving his hockey future in doubt. timonen spoke for the first time about his condition and where it leaves him on the ice. >> my desire is obviously i want to play, but chance of me playing is really slim.
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that's the fact. but i'm ready to weight that chance to see how i feel. if i still have those clots in time, who knows when. >> this guy wants to play hockey so bad because he could have just said to us, i don't feel comfortable even if things are great, i don't feel comfortable, i don't want to, and he wants to continue to play. so i think it's a testament to how bad he wants to play. the eagles now. back on the practice field today preparing for a sunday visit with the redskins at lincoln financial field. this is not a normal week for the birds. with a win monday night, it made for a shorter practice week. the first of four occasions this season where the eagles have a nonstandard workweek. chip kelly spoke about the keys to preparing with less time. >> it's just that recovery time that you normally don't get. you don't get into that, we talk about the battle with them,
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every monday is the same, tuesday is the same, wednesday is the same, every thursday is the same. it's being conscious knowing yesterday when we were out there training, we were still two days removed from the game. redskins wide receiver desean jackson once again did not practice with that shoulder injury. head coach jay gruden said he may not know joohis status unti sunday. the phillies wrap up a four-game set tonight. game time 9:00 on comcast sports net. high school blitz game of the week. next friday, haddonfield and collingswood, henderson, unionville, or roman catholic against episcopal academy. go to nbc10.com or facebook page. text or call your one-time vote to 610-624-4111. the game with the most votes is featured on the "high school blitz" every saturday night, 7:00 right here on nbc 10. that will do it for sports. we're right back after this.
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right now wooer, we're foll breaking news. police finished a news conference about two arrests of a beating of a homeless woman in camden. camden police tell us the suspect lived in camden and knew the 54-year-old woman who was attacked, and left in critical condition. she was able to talk to officers today. officers did not reveal a motive for the attack, but the victim had items stolen from her. nbc 10 george spencer talking to police. look for george's report tonight on "nbc 10 news at 11." glenn? >> we've got cool weather again tonight. been like this every night this week, but we do have warmer air coming in for saturday. up to 77. and then mid 80s on sunday. the last official day of summer. it's going to feel like summer. and then it's going to start feeling like fall next week. but just a chance of some showers after 5:00 on sunday afternoon. so a limited period of shower threat and then it's dry most of
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next week. >> all right. for glenn, all of us here at nbc 10, thanks for watching. i'm renee chenault-fattah. the news continues now with "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. on our broadcast tonight, plan of attack. an isis-inspired plot to kidnap people at random off city streets and videotape their executions. foiled by a massive counterterrorism operation in australia as the feds now in this country step up security. midair scare, a frightening scene on board a jetblue flight. an engine explodes forcing an emergency landing. blowup, the exploding fire in california that has now grown to the size of atlanta. and too close to call, the polls have closed in scotland as they close the votes. a cliffhanger that could change the course of history. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this